Monday, December 11, 2017

Ever since the bomber jacket leapt out of the planes of the US military’s bomber crews in the 1930s and landed at street level, its iconic silhouette has remained a firm favourite of the style-conscious. And although it’s been adopted by many a fashion house and high-street shop, and the design tinkered with in a variety of ways, the core details have remained the same: that collar, that cut, that zip and that ability to look great over anything, from a hoodie to a tee to a button-down shirt.

Of course, with so many fresh iterations to choose from, selecting your perfect piece requires some serious searching… or just a quick scroll through our favourites, which happen to be waiting for you below.

Parajumpers High Fill Power Carrier

Yep, £800 is a lot to pay for a new coat. But if you’re after a real fur trim on your hood, laminated nylon detachable vest that’s riddled with pockets, Arctic-ready down padding and serious Italian craftsmanship, that’s the sort of cash you’ll need to drop. And Parajumpers is where you should look to drop it. £800, buy on parajumpers.it

River Island Washed

River Island reckons this is blue, but it’s clearly green, right? Riiight? Weird. But at that price, and knowing how good it’ll look with our jeans, we’ll happily let it slide. This time. £30, buy on riverisland.com

Acne Miles

Here’s some understated luxury from the Swedes at Acne, marking a welcome break from tradition with that pointed collar and a colourway that couldn’t be more autumnal if it tried. £440, buy on matchesfashion.com

Adidas Day One

You’re getting two for the price of one with this reversible, high-end Adidas jacket. Choose between neutral cream and baby pink, and turn some heads as you stomp down the street in it. £350 (reduced to £175 at time of publication), buy on matchesfashion.com

Stone Island Contrast Collar

Stone Island can do no wrong these days – it’s enjoying a monumental label resurgences and filling the Instagram feed of its number one fanboy, Drake. To say you’re cracking into the zeitgeist with this dark and moody number would be one hell of an understatement. £550, buy on matchesfashion.com

Samsøe & Samsøe Calvin

Grab yourself a slice of contemporary design with the Danish label’s bomber, and pair it with a top-quality heavyweight hoodie for an oh-so-Scandinavian autumnal uniform. £220, buy on zalando.co.uk

Schott Flight

You want a classic, do ya? Some real heritage pedigree? You got it. This timeless MA-1 flight jacket from the style heroes at Schott NYC is it. £120, buy on schottnyc.com

Cheap Monday Bomber

Part with an almost suspiciously small amount of money to let Stockholm’s Cheap Monday cover all the essentials when it comes to a staple bomber: the right colour, the right collar, the right fit. £90 (reduced to £36 at time of publication), buy on asos.com

AMI Black Bomber

Up your spending a bit (OK, quite a bit) to tick all the style boxes and throw some cool Parisian elegance on top, courtesy of Alexandre Mattiussi who honed his skills in the studios of Dior, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs. £355, buy on matchesfashion.com

Moncler Timothe Shell Bomber

Based in Milan, Moncler has been conquering mountains since 1952. And with a new appetite for its hardy wares like this flight-inspired bomber jacket at sea level, it’s taking over the streets too. £530, buy on matchesfashion.com

Next Navy Slim Fit

Pop this over your plain white tee and feel smug in the knowledge that you’ve just nailed the simple art of not-too-hot, not-too-cold transitional seasonal layering. Gold star for you! £40, buy on next.co.uk

Burton Montague Suede Bomber

Real suede. Thirty quid. That’s real suede for thirty quid. Throw your bank card at this fast before Burton discovers what has to be a clerical error/technical gremlin/intern’s practical joke and bumps it back up to the full £100. £30, buy on burton.co.uk